Mutual Help Groups as an Empowerment Tool

From Mad in Brasil: The article entitled Psychoeducation and Problem Solving Therapy as an integrative model of mutual help groups for people with severe mental disorders: a Brazilian report describes a case study on a Peer Support Program, called “Entrelaços”, carried out at the Institute of Psychiatry at UFRJ.

Between 2011 and 2019, 246 people including users and their families participated in eight seminars followed by problem solving groups in a cycle that lasted 18 months. Of the participants who completed the seminars, 90% decided to create 7 community self-help groups regardless of technique and institution. The group has served more than 214 families and has organized scientific, social and anti-stigma events, expanding its social support network and demonstrating empowerment.

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